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Leadership Tips from Toastmasters International

A woman speaking to a groupOne of the most important elements of leadership is the ability to motivate people. Without motivation, even the most skilled team of seasoned professionals is unlikely to achieve great things. A highly motivated group of talented people, on the other hand, can move mountains!

While it’s true that motivating people involves more than just changing the way you speak, here are some guidelines you can follow to help build team motivation with only your words and your voice.

Leadership tips

  1. Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is contagious! Before you present your ideas, think about the aspects of the subject that you find the most interesting, and don’t be afraid to let that interest come through in your voice.
  2. Use quotes, stories and anecdotes. Along with their obvious entertainment value, quotes and stories can lend authority to your topic and provide concrete examples that people can relate to.
  3. Speak with confidence. Deliver your message loud and clear. Maintain eye contact with your listeners. Don’t mumble or slouch.
  4. Say you and we, not I and me. Instead of telling people what you want them to do, present ways for them to work together to achieve their goals. Involve listeners in the success of the group.
  5. Keep it simple. People aren’t motivated by what you say; they’re motivated by what they understand. The best way to ensure audience understanding is to break down complex ideas into simple components.

Visit a local Toastmasters meeting

There are clubs all over the world! In the UK and Ireland there are more than 600 clubs. Each club has a different personality—you may wish to visit more than one. Use the ‘Find a Club’ tool on the Toastmasters Web site to find meetings near you: www.toastmasters.org/findaclub. You may want to call or e-mail ahead of time to confirm meeting time and location.

The March 2018 newsletter is out!

A stunning view of Southewst Ireland

Hope this finds all Toastmasters across District 71 well and enjoying the early signs of spring.

Pathways has launched, member renewals are due, and Easter is tomorrow!

It is my pleasure to share the latest issue of the District 71 newsletter. This issue features news from across Division B, and my sincere thanks to Division B Director Gerard Mannix for his kind assistance with this edition: D71 March 2018 newsletter

The image featured above is just one of the stunning views in Division B. Thanks for Gerard Mannix, Division Director, for sharing.

The newsletter features the latest on Pathways  — now live in District 71! — from our Program Quality Manager Patricia O’Reilly, and much, much more! Of special interest may be the deadlines flagged up for a few PR incentives including Travelling Toastie, the Distinguished Club Website programme, and the grants scheme for PR events.

Enjoy the newsletter, and as always, I welcome your feedback.

D71 March 2018 newsletter

Laura Bruce, D71 Public Relations Manager

D71’s “Beast from the East” special newsletter edition!

Plain Speakers have been busy! They hosted their open night at Naas Town Hall 12 February.

If all that snow got you down, cheer up, it’s melting!

Here is the new issue of the District 71 Toastmasters International newsletter. . . just in time for the weekend!

There is news from all across the District, and this issue highlights Division C, which has a very broad reach. My thanks to Division C Director Brenda Lannon and all her team of Area Directors in Division C for their contributions.

I hope you enjoy it!

Click here to read or right click and “Save as. . .” the February D71 newsletter

— Laura

 

#WeAreToastmasters

We’ve launched our new hashtag campaign! Please help us by getting involved. Post photos of your club members — a group photo is ideal — and tag the post #WeAreToastmasters. Let’s take this message around the world!

Region 11 Advisor Aletta Rochat (seated, centre) helped us as #WeAreToastmasters launched formally at District Officer Training in Manchester on Sunday (28 Jan 2018). Photo by Martin Mansell.

Region Advisor Aletta Rochat makes the most of her visit

 We have been delighted to host Region 11 Advisor Aletta Rochat in District 71 for the past week. Division Directors Robert Brooke and Daniel Sandars in Divisions G and H created a jam-packed itinerary. In total, Aletta attended nearly than a dozen District 71 events! At the majority of these, Aletta led a workshop, so she’s been very busy to say the least!

Sharing a laugh at Milton Keynes Executive Action

 

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Region 11 Director Aletta Rochat to spend next week in D71

Aletta Rochat is Toastmasters International’s Region 11 Advisor

We’re delighted that Region 11 Director Aletta Rochat will be visiting us next week. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Aletta will spend a week in D71. She’ll be visiting clubs and giving presentations to a range of audiences across Division H. After a hectic week, she’ll join the District Leadership Team for training in Manchester at the weekend.

A packed itinerary

Among her stops will be the 15th Anniversary celebrations of Anglia Communicators on Monday 23rd January. An auspicious occasion indeed, Aletta’s presence will be the icing on the cake for this Peterborough, England club. There, she’ll lead a workshop, “How to Prepare a Great Speech when you have NO time to prepare” .

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The December newsletter is here!

We’ve just published the December 2017 newsletter from Toastmasters District 71. Highlights include news from Division D, an update on club growth tools, and news from the Alignment Committee.

There’s also a round-up of PR incentives, including details on how your club can access up to €200 toward the cost of hosting a “PR-intensive” public event.

Read it now!

Click here to read the newsletter: December newsletter D71.compressed

The November 2017 Newsletter is out!

Read about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees including Toastmaster of the Year Sharon O’Neill

The November 2017 issue of the D71 newsletter is out . . . and it’s chock full of coverage of the Steel City Conference!

Lots of great pics plus interviews with our Hall of Fame inductees.

We’ve got all the latest news from around the District, including:
  • in-depth coverage of the Steel City Conference, and lots of photos!
  • instructions on how to download your own copies of conference photos
  • Hall of Fame including Toastmaster of the Year
  • DCP incentives from our Programme Quality Director
  • Christmas and New Year membership building from Club Growth Director
  • Details of how you can win a place to the Spring Conference, by writing an article,
  • news about how your club can get €200 toward hosting an event, and
  • a personal message from District Director Red Skelton

Many thanks to Division E Director Angela Scott and her team for a number of the articles.

Click here to download the November Toastmasters District 71 newsletter.

Christmas Bells are Jingling this weekend — and Leighton Buzzard Toastmasters helping to ring in the cheer

A Toastmasters’ Club has multiple goals.  Three of its primary goals are to:

  • Create a strong, supportive club membership
  • Enhance members’ speaking skills
  • Prepare members for real life experiences

Since 2015, Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has developed a relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council, and Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has been Master of Ceremonies for the council’s communities activities.  Read More

“Adrian – it *is* about you!” – Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters award

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Adrian Melia was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to Toastmasters by President Balraj Arunasalam

Popular photographer Adrian Melia was honoured in a very special way at his Toastmaster home club in Kildare town on Tuesday 24th October. In a break with normal proceedings, Toastmaster David Clinton interrupted the scheduled agenda for a few minutes with an important announcement. Read More